Time Management from a Recovering Procrastinator

Time Management from a Recovering Procrastinator

f you’re familiar with Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, you know full and well that artists (of any discipline) will often make any excuse not to do what they deeply want to be doing. Instead of practicing scales, we clean the kitchen. Instead of writing we binge watch 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls. Instead of acting, we decide we’ve found the love of our life, and dedicate all waking hours to our new love interest. Or maybe, despite knowing  we were meant to write songs, we decide to paint.

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4 Reasons I Love Painting Pets

4 Reasons I Love Painting Pets

Today got me thinking about how meaningful it is to me to get to know and paint animals, starting with my own pet, Boomer. Boomer is a 4 year old Maine Coon — a silver tabby with cream patches. She is my studio assistant by day and defends the house against bugs by night. She also loves playing with African violet leaves when there are no bugs to hunt.

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The Making of "April Pansies"

The Making of "April Pansies"

The making of this piece began this past winter with a decision to focus on improving my craft. I made a list of masters I wanted to learn from, and set a goal to complete a certain number of master studies. Among them was a gorgeous painting that I had just seen from the master Daniel Keys, entitled ‘January Pansies.’

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12 Art Books that Changed My Life

12 Art Books that Changed My Life

Feeling stuck in your painting practice? Looking to learn more techniques, better understand how to use your tools, or just want to bone up on anatomy? (Ha.) Here are the 12(ish) books that led me to one breakthrough or another, complete with links in case you’d like to pick them up on Amazon.

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What’s On My Palette

What’s On My Palette

I’ve experimented with my palette for quite a while, and studied under a variety of artists all of whom had different go-to pigments. Ultimately I’ve landed at pretty close to the master, Richard Schmid’s palette, but with a couple of additions, exceptions and different approaches learned along the way.

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You Need a Journey

You Need a Journey

I have a love/hate relationship with goals. More specifically, I loathe how resolutions set us up to fail, but find myself setting goals as my go-to journaling activity.

And yet, the first thing I wanted to do in 2019 was decide what I wanted to accomplish this year.

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My Top Ten Studio Essentials

My Top Ten Studio Essentials

Whether it’s at a workshop or on Instagram, I’m often asked about several of my go-to tools that I wouldn’t paint without. Some ‘holy grail’ items I’ve swapped out for others as I’ve tested new products, but these ten I’ve only grown to rely on and more while recommending them more often.

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